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He was raised in Louisiana, but he is definitely a Vol For Life. Peyton Manning made good on that promise again Thursday through his Peyback Foundation.

The Hall of Famer sent students from more than a dozen Knox County schools home with $20,000 worth of gas cards. That means each family got $25 worth of gas for their cars.

Peyback helps families across the country who struggle to make ends meet through small gestures.

"We have a lot of parents that work, and today, you just can't make ends meet. The economy is getting hard, and we have a lot of grandparents that are raising their grandkids and that's hard too. And so, our school is made up of hard-working people that just can't make ends meet, and so it means so much to them," said Debbie Heck, who works at Christenberry Elementary.

The kids at Beaumont Elementary got a little extra swag; each got a special Peyton Manning hat with a Bronco logo. There's a connection with former Vols coordinator and Peyton mentor David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe's wife used to work at Beaumont.